COVID-19 student support grants

Support grants for students affected by COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions.

Last updated: 09.58am, 4 June 2020

There has been a high number of support grant applications which has resulted in a processing delay. We are working hard to process all applications as soon as we can, but you might receive your application outcome outside the previously advised two week timeframe.

In recognition of the financial impact experienced by students affected by COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions, the University of Melbourne is offering support grants to affected students.

Student Support Grants (COVID-19) are intended to help students with unanticipated expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Student Support Grant (COVID-19) you must:

  • Have been outside of Australia in a location specified in the Australian Government COVID-19 travel restrictions at the time those restrictions were instituted, and
  • Have incurred unexpected costs as a result of the travel restrictions, and
  • Be enrolled in subjects, or granted a deferral (commencing students), or granted leave of absence (returning students).

What may be covered by a support grant

The total amount payable to each student, up to AU$7,500, will be based on your individual circumstances and costs incurred. Eligible expenses may include:

  • Costs for temporary accommodation or loss of permanent accommodation
  • Unrecoverable costs associated with necessary flight changes
  • Costs associated with temporary self-isolation
  • Essential technology such as hardware or software to facilitate flexible learning to allow students in some courses to commence or continue studying remotely in Semester 1
  • Cost of study materials relating to subjects now deferred
  • Other related incidentals such as storage costs for personal belongings in Australia.

Travel support for Graduate researchers is available through the Emergency Support Fund.

How to apply

To apply for a support grant, you will need to complete a short application form which will require the following information:

  • Your personal details and a short statement of your circumstances
  • Digital copies of receipts (eg scan or photo) for costs incurred. Receipts do not need to be translated into English.

If you are unsure whether the grant will cover particular items, please include these details in your application and we will assess each item on a case-by-case basis.

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When to apply

You can apply any time until 31 August 2020.

Outcomes

Applications will be assessed on a weekly basis and outcomes will be provided within three weeks. We ask for your patience at this time as we are assessing a large volume of applications. You will be notified of your application outcome via your student email.

Once your application is approved, payments will be made to your Australian bank account within two weeks. If you do not have an Australian bank account, we can wait until you have opened one or make other arrangements.

Online information session

Professor Richard James, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Joanne Ligouris, Academic Registrar and Executive Director, Students and Scholarly Services answer your questions about the support grants for affected students.

Download video transcript (PDF 17.5 KB)